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Fire! And Embers!

Fire! And Embers!

Elements: Fire kickstarter!

If you, like me, exist at the intersection of SFF and comic stuff, then you’d be familiar with the gorgeous, award-winning Beyond anthology of queer SFF comics. The same press is now running a Kickstarter for a new anthology, Elements: Fire, an anthology of comics by creators of colour!

When anthology editor Taneka Stotts approached me to ask if I’d like to take part, I was ecstatic. My contribution, A Burner Of Sins, will be illustrated by the amazingly talented Yasmin Liang

The story is set in Singapore. Nadya burns away people’s regrets, for a price. When an old friend from school asks her for help, she has to consider the consequences of her vocation.

This week Yasmin put up a WIP panel from the story and I nearly yelled because of how amazing it was:

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Look at that. Look at the incredible amount of detail. I cannot, cannot, wait to see what the finished version looks like.

The Kickstarter campaign runs until the end of July. Because the project is so fabulous, it has already hit its funding goal, so what this is, is really a pre-order campaign. So go. GO AND PREORDER THIS AMAZING BOOK I WILL HAVE A STORY IN.

DO IT NOW.

 

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ALPHABET OF EMBERS

I have a story in this very lovely collection of ethereal flash fiction that is now available for sale! Transfers To Connecting Flights was birthed during Nine Worlds in London, 2014, when the convention was held at a hotel next to Heathrow and planesong accompanied me on the way back to my room. It’s about love and wants and devotion and I’m very fond of it. Plus, have you seen the author lineup??

You can pick the book up from Amazon. Do it. You won’t regret it.

WHO HAS TWO THUMBS, A BRAIN FULL OF WEASELS AND A LITERARY AGENT? (it might be me)

WHO HAS TWO THUMBS, A BRAIN FULL OF WEASELS AND A LITERARY AGENT? (it might be me)

I didn’t think I’d be at this point so soon.

Really. If you’d asked me anytime last year whether I thought I’d get agented before the end of 2016, I would have laughed. “I write short fiction. I don’t do long form, I don’t have enough for a collection. I’m years away from being in a position where I can query agents.” That was my utter and sincere belief.

It turns out that I am also incredibly lousy at predicting the future.

All that is a roundabout way of saying that I am thrilled, absolutely thrilled, to announce that I am now represented by DongWon Song at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, a.k.a. I now have a literary agent, a.k.a. how in the green rubber-encrusted hells did I get here?

Well, it happened, and here I am. I’m extremely pleased. DongWon has been on my “one day when I start looking for agents” list since he started at HMLA. We’ve had some really good chats and I’m excited to work with him on my weird secondary-world, science-fantasy etc etc projects!

Hopefully I’ll have more exciting news to announce soon, but in the meantime:

AGENT ACQUIRED

(DON’T JUDGE ME, YOU KNOW I HAD TO)
Update update update update

Update update update update

I am a terrible person who shouldn’t keep a blog since she never updates it, ever, so here is my apology in the form of a roundup of what’s been happening in my writerlife since Conventions August.

Updates!

Ett. After having made a few more qualifying sales I am now an Active member of the Science Fiction And Fantasy Writers Of America. Despite not being American, living in America, or identifying particularly with America for that matter. ~*~*~GLOBALISATION!!!~*~*~ Or something like that.

Två. I’ve joined the team at Crossed Genres as a slush reader! Send your juicy yummy monthly-themed short stories please, I like recommending pretty stories to editors Bart Kay and Kelly!

Tre. I’ve been attached to the Athena’s Daughters vol 2 anthology as a stretch goal author! What this means is that my Clarion West submission story, Red Is The Colour Of Mother Dirt, will be added to the anthology Kickstarter campaign as a stretch goal. The Kickstarter campaign will run in December, so you’ll hear more about it when that time comes. A few months to start saving pennies!! It goes without saying that I would love to have my story included in the anthology. I am deeply fond of it.

Here, a teaser of the gorgeous cover art, created by Kelli Neier. <3

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Calls to action!

A few awesome calls for submission. ✐ Temporally Out Of Order seeks stories about temporally-displaced objects. Submissions close November 30th. ✐ Buku Fixi are seeking Malaysian cyberpunk stories for an anthology edited by Zen Cho. Submissions close Dec 31st. ✐ The Booksmugglers are looking for First Contact stories for their fiction series. Submissions close December 31st.

Strange Horizons are running their annual fundraising drive! SH do excellent work and some of the favourite stories I’ve read this year were from them. (This one by Usman Malik for example, or this one by Sunny Moraine. Let’s not forget Alyssa Wong’s recent amazing two-parter.) They were also the venue for my first pro sale this year, and for that I’m forever grateful. I would love to see them continue for a long time, but for that they need support from the community! So do contribute, if you can. Plus, the funding rewards we can unlock sound amazing.

As added incentive, SH are doing a lucky draw for everyone who donates! And because I am the sotong of all bokeh, I’ve only just realised that one of the prizes is a South-East Asian specfic bundle, donated kindly by Victor Ocampo. It comprises print copies of the second issue of LONTAR and Fish Eats Lion, both edited by Jason Erik Lundberg. I have a story in the second one! Exciting.

Story sales!

I have a few to announce. I store these up for a few months before dumping them all on your heads like a plate of overripe tomatoes.

In local publishing news: I will have a story, Pocket Cities, in the airport-and-air-travel themed anthology In Transit. I will also have a tiny flash piece each in the MILO and ICE KACANG issues of the 24 Flavours zine series. All of the above are published by Math Paper Press.

Will have a flash piece, Cold Hands And The Smell Of Salt, appearing on Daily Science Fiction…. whenever it shows up. I made the sale in September, so I expect the piece will be out early next year. This was one of my entries to the summer flash fiction contest on the Codex forum.

Delighted to announce a sale to Lackington’s for their Winter 2015 issue. Tiger Baby was originally printed in Math Paper Press’ In The Belly Of The Cat anthology and it will now be available to read online! With an illustration! Sometime in Jan 2015– can’t wait.

And last but not least, one of my Clarion West stories, A Sister’s Weight In Stone, will appear in Apex sometime around summer next year. Sigrid Ellis acquired the story in July this year and I’ve gotten permission from EIC Jason Sizemore to talk about it! The story is set in a fantastical, alt-history not-quite-steampunky Singapore and tells the story of a young Samsui woman’s struggle to save her sister. My Clarion West classmates were quite fond of this one and I’m glad it’s found such a marvellous home!

One More Thing…

AND HERE’S WHERE I UNVEIL A SHINY, MARKET-DISRUPTING TECHNOLOGICAL DEVICE.

No. Not really.

Two things are happening at once: I’m trying to work short fiction reading into my life as a regular thing, and I’m also looking around for venues that review short fiction. I’m also trying to blog more. Okay so that’s three things. Three things are happening at once.

My take is that short fiction could use more regular review venues. More of these have been popping up lately, but there’s so much fiction out there and the community could really use a dozen more short fiction review sites, IMHO. So I’m going to try to do this myself.

Instead of trying to review everything, though, I’m going to do a monthly round up of the 5 to 10 stories I liked best. I think that’s a reasonable start. I’ll start with October, so look for the first instalment at the end of this month!

Saying this in public on a website so that I can be held accountable for it and not flake out AS IT IS VERY LIKELY TO HAPPEN IF I ONLY SAY IT TO MYSELF AND THEN GET TOO LAZY TO DO IT